Perusing the slate of games this past Sunday, I noticed a couple of former Eagles’ draft picks kicking a little ass on other teams. I’m always intrigued what original draftees do when/if they catch on elsewhere.
I consider the Birds to have one of the better scouting departments, so if a player they released makes something of themselves, I chalk it up as a win for Tom Heckert and the boys. It would be easy to slam them for cutting these guys loose, but to be fair, some fellas get entangled in a numbers game.
Take Brandon Gibson for instance — the training camp darling who caught every pass in sight. If not for Stew Bradley‘s injury, I’d be willing to wager Gibson would still be wearing midnight green. Unfortunately, his potential had to be sacrificed to add a much-needed veteran linebacker in Will Witherspoon.
It sucks, but it’s not like Gibson was going to surpass DeSean, Maclin and Avant on the depth chart. Of course that doesn’t mean he lacks skills. Due to the Rams receiving corps being decimated, Brandon has snagged twelve receptions for 154 yards the last two games. I noticed a couple drops in the loss to Arizona, but his route-running was impressive. Like we didn’t already know, Gibson definitely has a future in the NFL.
The other guy might not be as familiar to some Eagles fans. 2008 sixth-round pick Andy Studebaker got his first career start with the Chiefs on Sunday. He notched half a sack and picked off a pair of Ben Roesthlisberger throws that helped secure an upset over the Steelers.
Studebaker was the classic tweener who failed to fit the Eagles 4-3 scheme. Too small to play end, and not quite quick enough to play linebacker, he seems to have found a home in the Chiefs 3-4 alignment. I’m not saying he’s heading to the Pro Bowl, but he’s making the most of his opportunity.